Splitting Threads

One of the problems I have with my cross stitch kits is that the different threads tend to get all jumbled up.

This is especially true of the smaller kits which don’t also come with those nice thread separators – you know, the bits of card with holes punched in.

However, I have recently discovered, quite by accident, a reasonable alternative for this mini kits: my crochet bag, which usually lives, wool spilling out, on the sofa where I stitch.

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Then, as I finish needing each colour, they go back into the paper envelope of the kit. Nice and safe for next time.

How do you keep your threads untangled?

A Change or a Rest?

A change is as good as a rest, they say. I’m not sure who the ‘they’ are, but after four years of this blog, and two in this incarnation, I am considering some changes.

Be not alarmed, I shall continue to blog, but my move Northwards and the trauma of having to find work have inspired me to try new things and dream new dreams. Well, re-dream old dreams, dreams which have fallen by the wayside of late, dreams which my brain thinks are done because they were written down…

I’m not wholly certain what all the changes will be, but please bear with me as I try to work them out. Feedback always welcome.

 

~ Ce

“You Made That? Gosh, How Clever!”

There is something terribly clever about crafting. I know this to be true because of the number of comments over the years which go along the lines of “You made this? Gosh, you are clever!” when told that whatever is being admired was handmade.

Certainly there is a skill with most handicrafts, I’m not for one instant suggesting that there isn’t, but when the sewing on of a button is met with the same sort of admiration, it does make one wonder…

To be honest, I think the cleverest thing about crafting is in the creation and establishment of a craft-based business, especially when it comes to dealing with the taxman! The other clever thing is in not letting the fact that now your hobby, which you enjoy, is your life and you will probably occasionally hate it, stop you from continuing.

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Sometimes I wonder about setting up a chocolate shop. I like chocolate; people say I make pretty good truffles, which I enjoy making. But I’m not sure if I’d want to spend all my time making them. Mind you, a thought occurs to me: Roly’s Fudge, which I realise probably means little to those of you who haven’t been to Taunton or Barnstaple.

Roly’s make fudge in the shop and they change their menu daily, I presume on the basis either of ingredients available or mood of the makers.

Although the idea I had recently for my ideal chocolate shop is a moving one on a canal boat. Not wholly my idea, there’s a floating chocolate shop which turns up in Stockholm at Easter-time. But again, would I want to spend all my time making chocolates?

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What’s the cleverest thing about crafting for you?

Monster Projects

The wonderful thing about Edward’s Imaginarium is the vast number of potential projects. Of course, the fact that the most difficult stitch is a double doesn’t hurt.

Currently I have two different monsters on the go. One’s being done in a multi coloured 4 ply sock wool, which actually is at least partly wool, and the other is a much larger acrylic yarn.

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It’s taken me a while to get used to such tiny stitching with the 4 ply wool and 2mm hook. I’m still not sure how much I like it. Normally not much. I prefer the chunkier yarn, especially when I’m counting to 54 for the round…Easier on the eyes as well.

Red Dragon

With St David’s Day just gone, it seemed an appropriate moment to finish this little Mouseloft pattern I began, oh, months ago.

I like dragons. I feel they are often misunderstood. Mostly, the poor things are villains of the story, being killed by so-called heroes or having their carefully guarded treasures stolen. All they want is to look after their gold, is that too much to ask? Admittedly it’s often ill-gotten gold, but even so. They’re keeping it safe. For everyone. As long as everyone leaves them alone to their gold.

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Now just leave this one to look after her egg.